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Category: RN to BSN
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ER nurses deal with an incredible variety of cases every shift, and not every medical problem causes visible signs. There is an increasing trend toward behavioral health patients seeking emergency room care, simply because they have nowhere else to turn or because their family members brought them to the ER when the mental disorder became unmanageable. Behavioral health patients can present an array of challenges, which may include delusions, aggression and suicide ideation. Every emergency care nurse should know how to handle behavioral health patients. You can gain the knowledge and skills you need via an RN to BSN degree program and continuing education courses.

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Any job has the potential to involve stress and interpersonal conflict, but it doesn’t have to be this way. When the workplace is a hospital and those who are ill and injured are relying on the health care providers, it’s essential for those providers to work well together as a cooperative team. A strong nursing team is also integral to high job satisfaction, retention rates and overall quality of life for the employees.

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A statistic by Lamar University states that “there are four times as many nurses as doctors in the U.S., and their roles continue to grow as nurses expand into services beyond traditional areas to include work in private practices, clinics, public health centers, nursing homes, companies and mental health agencies”. With this staggering number of nurses, it is important that each one of them is confident and well-prepared for the workforce.

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By Dawna Cato
GCU Alumni, Vice President of Clinical Care Services

At 22 years old, I was a young mother with two children both born with congenital heart defects. I knew I wanted to go to college, and nursing seemed to be an obvious choice so I could understand my children’s condition more fully and better care for them. I started as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in 1990.

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By Mary Robinson
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

When I was 6 years old, my grandmother died of brain cancer. Seeing how kind and awesome the nurses in the hospital were to my grandma made me want to be a nurse. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to go into nursing. Today, I teach courses at Grand Canyon University in the RN to BSN program.

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Nursing students often ask, “What are the most valuable advantages of earning a BSN?” Some nurses are concerned about the time commitment or cost associated with earning a BSN. In light of current research regarding patient outcomes and improvements in the rates for morbidity and mortality associated with increasing levels of education among nurses, a bachelor’s degree is becoming the standard for nursing practice. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can also open doors for nurses to greater job and leadership opportunities.

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By Tish Dorman
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

My aunt was a labor and delivery nurse. When I was a little girl she would dress me up in a nurse’s uniform, complete with cap and blue cape even though I repeatedly told her that I wasn’t going to be a nurse. After I graduated from high school and began my first year of community college I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. My mother said it was “time to do something with my life.” My response was, “I guess I will be a nurse.” Little did I know then that nursing was my calling. Once I started my clinical rotations, I fell in love with nursing.

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By Joanne Senn
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

When I was a girl, my father was a hospital administrator who started off as a medic in the army. When he retired, he ran a nursing home and would often take me, giving me a feel for hospitals and healthcare at a young age. It was these experiences early on, as well as the fact that my two older sisters were nurses, that shaped my decision to go into nursing.

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